Anarchists Brunch: If It All Goes To Pot

Anarchists Brunch: If It All Goes To Pot
Since about August, I've been telling my non-Cubs fans friends (I think I have like three?) that Jon Lester is coming to the Cubs and that's that. I brushed off suggestions that the Yankees can always outbid a team, because the Yankees aren't going to be interested or that a player somehow could be convinced he's better off here (with the Cubs' future and organization and the cost of living and such, I guess someone could make that argument). The bond had already been broken with the Red Sox and Theo and Jed can solve all. It's amazing what you can convince yourself of if you really want to, especially when it comes to the Cubs. Hell, you probably have to when it comes to the Cubs...

Rumor Thread: Henry Blanco hired as QA coach. Russell Martin negotiations, Twins sign Yang, Miguel Montero

Rumor Thread: Henry Blanco hired as QA coach. Russell Martin negotiations, Twins sign Yang, Miguel Montero
Dan has been working hard this weekend and he basically has the day off today, so I will be doing the rumor thread for today.  I am not sure anyone can thoroughly research the web quite like he can, but I will do my best.  I’ll start off with a couple of basic stories and... Read more »

Around the League: Hannemann profile, Ryan Howard lawsuit, Did pace of play initiatives work?

Around the League: Hannemann profile, Ryan Howard lawsuit, Did pace of play initiatives work?
I remember being very confused when the Cubs drafted Jacob Hannemann in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft. Hannemann was the 75th pick in the draft, but I couldn’t find him on the BP Top 100 list. I checked Baseball America’s Top 100 unsuccessfully too before I finally found him at #214 on their... Read more »
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Rumor Thread: Top 10 Shortstops, Cubs more focused on Lester, New leaders for Tomas, J. Upton being shopped

Rumor Thread: Top 10 Shortstops, Cubs more focused on Lester, New leaders for Tomas, J. Upton being shopped
Given the number of times that naked picture of Mike Golic appeared on Twitter this morning, I hope you all appreciate the sacrifice it took to bring you these bullets today. I’m still a little bit nauseous, so I’m just going to go straight to the rumors. UPDATE 6:45 (John): The White Sox have signed... Read more »

Reserves of right-handed hitters will be Cubs greatest asset, but they need to use it wisely

Reserves of right-handed hitters will be Cubs greatest asset, but they need to use it wisely
Back when Andy McPhail ran the Cubs, he had a philosophy:  Everybody wants pitching so if you load up on pitchers to the point where you have a surplus in your organization, you can use that surplus to get anything you want. Never mind that the strategy was a bust because they failed to develop... Read more »

Rumor Thread: Waiting on Lester, 40 Man deadline, Cardinals lurking, Scherzer's market, Zimmermann available, Navarro seeks trade

Rumor Thread: Waiting on Lester, 40 Man deadline, Cardinals lurking, Scherzer's market, Zimmermann available, Navarro seeks trade
The Cubs have made their pitch to Jon Lester on Tuesday and I would presume they are either readying their opening offer or it has already been made. We heard last night that Boston’s opening bid was for 6 years and in the $110-120M range, but are willing to negotiate more. Nick Cafardo reports that... Read more »
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40 man roster decisions loom: CJ Edwards a lock, but who else might the Cubs protect?

40 man roster decisions loom: CJ Edwards a lock, but who else might the Cubs protect?
The offseason isn’t just about signing big free agents and making trades.  It is also a time for roster housekeeping.  The deadline to secure players going into the Rule 5 draft is today. The Cubs roster is at 38, so barring a signing or trade, they have two spots to protect. One of those spots is... Read more »

Rumor Thread: Lester's initial offer from Boston 6/$110-120M, Dempster helping to recruit?

Rumor Thread: Lester's initial offer from Boston 6/$110-120M, Dempster helping to recruit?
In a way, it’s somewhat fitting that Jon Lester came to visit Chicago on the coldest November 18 in recorded history (I may be rounding up on that). I think most of use would have preferred a beautiful crisp fall day with clear skies and temps in the 50′s that would have made Wrigley Field... Read more »

While Lester makes up his mind, Cubs should go get Jonny Gomes

While Lester makes up his mind, Cubs should go get Jonny Gomes
The Jon Lester saga is going to drag on.  The whispers we’ve heard is that the Cubs are not out and there is “no leader” and, of course, you can take that in many ways.  You can take it at face value or you can say there is agenda behind it.  There is a good... Read more »
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Rumor Thread: Lester, Shields, Scherzer, and the possibility of a non-blockbuster offseason

Rumor Thread: Lester, Shields, Scherzer, and the possibility of a non-blockbuster offseason
Last night I wrote about the disappointment I would feel if the Cubs walked away without Jon Lester or Russell Martin, a scenario that is looking more realistic by the minute. I don’t want anyone to mistaken disappointment for panic.  I am sure we would all feel some level of disappointment and I imagine that... Read more »